Sudan Releases Meriam Ibrahim, Then Re-Arrests Her

[Editor's Note 6/24/2014 11:00 a.m. PST: Meriam Ibrahim was re-arrested just 24 hours after her release as she attempted to board a plane for the U.S. --Grace] ...more
Wonderful news.  I've been following her story.  Thanks for sharing. more

Let’s Talk About White Privilege

White privilege. It's a touchy subject. The term is often bantered about among racial equity discussions, but among the people who could be described as having it? Not so much. Recently, there have been quite a few posts from bloggers—white bloggers, to be specific—about this topic. BuzzFeed even published a quiz How Privileged Are You? in which people can test just how they measure up. ...more
Didn't take the test but found this article extremely interesting.  Thanks for sharing. more

Thrift Store Makeover: An Out-of-This-World Console Table

One night, right before closing, I decided to pop in a Goodwill. Dedicated thrifters believe that first thing in the morning and late at night are often the best picking times—and the theory held true on this night. In the back of the store was a long and low mid-century console bench … for a steal. I had long been on a quest for the perfect table to put behind my very low-backed Jonathan Adler sofa, and this piece really fit the bill. There was a table, a bench and a drawer. I knew that, with a little TLC, this table was just what my living room needed. ...more
LUV, luv, luv ... and the story behind it. :) more

What Happened to "That Guy" from Your Past?

He was that guy. In the history of guys, he was the guy every girl has known. Some girls even marry that guy, but not many. By the time that guy gets ready to settle down, he’s no longer that guy. He’s mellower, older, a little tired. ...more
Loved this.  Very worth the read. Thanks. more

Feeling Old Beyond Your Years

By temperament, I’ve always been elderly. As a child, I loved to visit the old ladies in our apartment building, who were unfailingly kind, always had time to play Crazy Eights with me and kept large contingents of candy in cut-glass bowls on little tables in their parlors. Sometimes my mother would let me sleep over at “Auntie Sophie’s” or “Auntie Mildred’s” apartment. The aunties would set my hair in rags before bed, and in the morning I’d go trundling off to P.S. 86 with my Beatles lunchbox and Marie Antoinette hair....more
thanks for the laugh.  Very entertaining! more

F is for... http://www.alphabetsalad.com/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge-f/

F is for... http://www.alphabetsalad.com/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge-f/ ...more
well, I know the first thing that came to mind, but I'm going to go with free stylin' ... (sorry ... more

8 Rules Every Good Blogger Follows

I will have been blogging seven years this year. Seven. I think that’s almost longer than I’ve held a real job. This post got me thinking about how things have changed. The rules have even changed, and it seems like they do so constantly! I think sometimes people treat this whole blogging thing more like a competition, it makes me sad to see it that way because this whole thing—with traffic, brands, advertising, DFP, and page views—is digital. There is enough room for everyone. You don’t have to step on someone else’s back to get higher. ...more
thanks for sharing ... always good to see advice like this ... happy weekend! more

Sharing Our Stories: This is Why We Need to Talk about Mental Illness

Last week, I was very moved by an interview on CBC Radio with Newfoundland actor-comedian Andy Jones and his wife Mary-Lynn Bernard on the death of their son, Louis who "passed away by his own hand after a lengthy and brave battle with mental illness... age 28 years." (from Louis' obituary.) Despite pain that was practically palpable, Ms. Bernard and Mr. Jones have been doing media interviews across the country to shed light on mental illness and the very high toll it takes on those affected and their loved ones. I was very, very moved by their story, and the brave decision they have made to share it. ...more
I have a daughter who has been in and out of psych wards since she was 17 and she's now 30. ... more

Competitiveness in the Blogging World

Competitiveness in the blogging world. Does it drive you nuts or push you harder to succeed? You can’t deny that this competitive nature is in the back of almost every blogger’s mind. ...more
Thank you!  Helps put things into perspective ... more